The summer is upon us, as is the end of exams, assignments, dissertations and essays. One of the best ways to celebrate the freedom that comes along with the summer break is to go to a music festival with friends (and beer).
Whilst well known music festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park have come and gone, there are many more to look forward to. The immensely popular Leeds and Reading festivals and Creamfields festival are scheduled for August; however, if you’re looking for a festival that is a little more unique this summer, read on…
Wilderness Festival offers boutique camping, banquets, feasting, wilderness cookery school, theatre and sensory performances, the lakeside spa, the wilderness school and sanctuary workshops. The Oxford Shakespeare Company will be performing As You Like It, the Huffington Post will be headlining at the debating halls, and there will be a performance of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest…
However, this festival isn’t just arts and crafts and yoga – London Grammar and Sam Smith are headlining this year. The festival takes place from the 7th to the 10th of August in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.
Festival No. 6
Set in the stunning, Italianate-inspired Welsh coastal village of Portmeirion, the sea, mountains and forests decorate the location of Festival No. 6. The village of Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, and was the location of cult TV show The Prisoner.
The festival itself takes its name from The Prisoner. The festival offers more than great music; there’s award-winning authors, poets, actors, filmmakers and artists galore at No.6. Headlining this year are the Pet Shop Boys, Beck, London Grammar and Kelis.
Secret Garden Party
The Secret Garden Party is an annual independent arts and music festival which takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon. The festival takes place on the grounds of a Georgian farm house and has its own lake, river and landscaped gardens. The festival was launched as an alternative to the established mainstream music festivals, as it features much more than just music! As well as craft, literature, drama and yoga tents, there’s guerrilla science experiments, a human zoo, and The Forum – a place for philosophical and societal debate.
The festival takes place on the last weekend of July, and promises of all kinds of crazy. It really has to be seen to be believed…